Definition of hypocoristic in English:


Line breaks: hypo|cor|is¦tic
Pronunciation: /ˌhʌɪpə(ʊ)kəˈrɪstɪk


  • Denoting or of the nature of a pet name or diminutive form of a name.
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    • The hypocoristic types differ both in their affective/emotive connotations and in who uses them.
    • Consider the hypocoristic data in representing a common pattern in Arabic.
    • When one needs to call a young child, the hypocoristic form of the mother's name is used, e.g. ishaVeneth ‘Little Beneth’.


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  • A hypocoristic name or form.
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    • This list tends to exclude these more obvious hypocoristics and focus on other kinds.
    • We will return to this problem after considering the general structural constraints on hypocoristics.
    • These formations are of a different type than the hypocoristics discussed in Benua under Output-Output constraints.



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  • ‘Bill’ was not used as a hypocorism during the Middle Ages and so the surname ‘Bill’ is not involved.
  • The suffix o/a attaches to Pilipin - before the hypocorism to o/ay.
  • A hypocoristic (or hypocorism) is a lesser form of the given name used in more intimate situations, as a term of endearment, a pet name.


mid 19th century: from Greek hupokorisma, from hupokorizesthai 'play the child', from hupo 'under' + korē 'child'.

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